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40 Dominican fishermen detained in Bahamas

February 9, 2014

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Forty Dominican fishermen have been taken into custody on suspicion of poaching in Bahamian waters.

The islands’ military said Sunday that one of its patrol boats detained a 70-foot (21-meter) fishing vessel off Andros Island, the largest and least populated island in the sprawling archipelago off Florida’s east coast.

It wasn’t immediately clear how much fish the boat was carrying some 80 miles (128 kilometers) south of Andros, where conch, lobster and snapper are the mainstay of the local economy.

It’s the second time so far this year that a fishing boat from the Dominican Republic has been intercepted in waters of the Bahamas.

Last month, a Dominican boat was confiscated after it was stopped with 38,000 pounds (17,000 kilograms) of fish. The captain and crew were charged with poaching.

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